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Sept. 25 prep football results

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WHS center Jesse Cooper / Steve Wampler photo

Mt. Juliet 30, Wilson Central 3 -
MT. JULIET -- Using off two big plays in the kicking game as a springboard, Mt. Juliet rolled to a 30-3 victory over Wilson Central Friday -- the seventh straight win for the Bears in the cross-county rivalry.

Joey Hayes passed to Mason Earls for 30 yards out of punt formation to set up the game's first score, then Jay Murphy blocked an Adams Williams punt to set up Mt. Juliet's second score-- giving the Bears a 10-0 lead.

Hayes completed 6-of-7 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Jauhar Jackson ran 15 times for 71 yards and a TD while Gabe Magalei added 57 yards on 16 attempts.

Jordan Hooper paced the Wildcats with 89 yards on 11 carries and Tyler Bowes had 66 on 12 tries.

Mt. Juliet took advantage of three Wilson Central turnovers, two fumbles and an interception.

The Bears evened their record at 3-3 overall, 2-1 in Region 3, 6A while Wilson Central fell to 3-3 / 1-2.

Watertown 36, Eagleville 21 -
EAGLEVILLE -- Leading 23-0 at intermission, Watertown held off a late Eagleville flurry and won for the fourth straight week with a 36-21 decision over the Eagles Friday.

The Purple Tigers improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 4, 2A heading into an Oct. 2 home game with Forrest.

Watertown's Luke Turner ran 26 times for 171 yards and scored twice. He also caught two passes for 67 yards and another touchdown.

MJ Christian 28, Ezell-Harding 24 -
ANTIOCH -- Junior Austin Collier rumbled for 257 yards and three touchdowns lifting Mt. Juliet Christian Academy to a 28-24 win at Ezell-Harding Friday night.

Collier ran 28 times including scoring jaunts of 35, 59 and 32 yards as the Saints snapped a three-game losing streak -- improving to 2-4 on the season.

Down 24-14 early in the second half, MJCA scored twice on long runs by Collier to pull out the victory -- overcoming two interceptions and a lost fumble.

MJ Christian will host Friendship Christian Friday, Oct. 2 at Suey Field.

Portland 34, Lebanon 21 -
PORTLAND -- Spotting Lebanon a quick touchdown, Portland rallied to take a 20-7 lead at intermission and went on to a 34-21 win over the Blue Devils Friday at Memorial Field.

LHS (2-3) turned the ball over four times, twice on fumbles and twice on interceptions. Nine penalties for 65 yards, several illegal procedure and false starts, plagued Lebanon.

Portland was only too happy to take advantage and improved to 3-3 with the homecoming victory.

"They outplayed us -- period," said LHS coach Sam Harp, "we stunk it up in the first half. We shot ourselves in the foot time and time again and penalties just killed up. There comes a time when we've got to make our own way and we didn't do that tonight."

Soph tailback Tyrique Cooper ran 14 times for 104 yards while Jarren Stewart added 84 yards on 19 attempts.

The Blue Devils will be on the road Oct. 2 playing at Region 3, 6A rival Wilson Central.

FRA 35, Friendship 7 -
LEBANON -- Franklin Road Academy broke open a tight 7-0 game with four second half touchdowns on the way to a 35-7 win over Friendship Christian Friday at Pirtle Field.

The loss dropped the Commanders to 2-3 overall while FRA improved to 6-0 on the season.

FCS fumbled four times, losing one that was returned 58 yards for a third quarter Panther touchdown.

QB Mikey Jones competed 3-of-12 passes for 46 yards and ran 17 times for 72.

FRA rolled up 228 yards rushing on 44 attempts and overcame 79 yards in penalties.

Friendship is scheduled to play at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Friday, Oct. 2.

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